Who is John Mikel Obi?
Though well known as John Mikel Obi, the Nigerian professional footballer’s full name is John Micheal Nchekwube Obinna.
Born in Jos, Nigeria to Michael Obinna, who runs an inter-state transport company in Jos, the capital of Plateau State and being born into a family of the Igbo ethnic group, “Nchekwube” is translated “hope” in English and “Obi” is a nickname for the Igbo name “Obinna” which means “Father´s heart”.
With the “Michael” in his name, I guess you’ve been wondering how come the “Mikel”, right? Here’s what happened. While preparations as going on for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championships in Finland, the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) mistakenly submitted “Michael” as “Mikel” for the tournament. However, the Nigerian international decided to keep the new name, saying that it had a special ring to it and has been known by that name Mikel, which has been his Jersey name throughout his football career too.
How old is John Mikel Obi?
Born on April 22, 1987, the Nigerian international footballer, John Mikel Obi’s age is 33 years currently.
John Mikel Obi Football Career
Officially, John Mikel Obi started his football career at the teen age of 12 years when he made it to the list of young talented footballers from over 3,000 young talents to play in Pepsi Football Academy.
The team, Pepsi Football Academy as at that particular time, was well known for going around Nigeria to search for the best there is among the upcoming future stars, young talents who were to later move on to professional football. Being a talented footballer, Obi made the count.
This selection gave him a place in a top-flight team Plateau United of Nigeria. Subsequent to this, he went on trial to South Africa club Ajax Cape Town, before joining Lyn in Norway.
John Mikel Obi led the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the Nigerian national team severally before hanging his boot with regards to national play and also won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) with his nation.
John Mikel Obi Career Debut
Mikel Obi was one of the under-20 football team players that represented Nigeria during the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. He won the Silver Ball as the second-best player in the tournament (behind the Argentine star, Lionel Messi) as Nigeria finished runner-up to Argentina.
Mikel also made his FIFA World Cup first appearance during the 2014 tournament in Brazil and was named the man of the match after the game.
What is John Mikel Obi’s net worth and Salary?
The Nigerian professional football career has been an amazing one as has been proved by his track record of achievements as a footballer which beyond making him famous as one of the best Midfielders in the world of football but also left his account with some additional digits.
John Mikel Obi’s net worth is placed at $57 million with an annual salary of about $6 million which is a little below the earnings of some of the richest African footballers of all time like Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure.
In addition to his achievements in the sport, he is still recognized as one of the most decorated and richest footballers in the history of football in Nigeria.
Leaving Chelsea on January 6, 2017, for the Chinese club Tianjin TEDA on a free transfer, Mikel was meant to be earning $185, 611 weekly and was to receive an annual take-home salary of $8.6 million with bonuses and add-ons.
According to their 2020 release, Forbes, Wikipedia, IMDB, and other reputable online sources, the 33-year-old Nigerian has an estimated net worth of $45 Million.
His career as a Football player has been thriving as he has earned most of his wealth from the game.
It is possible that John Mikel Obi makes money from other undiscovered sources but there is no confirmation to that assertion yet.
One of the ways through which he earns eye-watering income aside from footballing is through real estate investment as he owns a lot of real estate in expensive areas in his country, Nigeria.
Reliable sources showed that his annual salary is approximately 7.28 million GBP (2017)
Which endorsements does John Mikel Obi have?
Aside his earnings from his football career, John Mikel Obi also gets a lot of earnings from endorsements.
He has endorsements with different top brands in Nigeria and abroad as their ambassador.
As an instance, John Mikel Obi was a brand ambassador for Amstel Malta where he earned about N800 million alongside the famous Nollywood star actress Genevieve Nnaji.
Prior to this time, he had an endorsement with Peak – one of Nigeria’s giant milk brand as their brand ambassador. His deal with peak was worth N20 million and it lasted for two years.
John Mikel Obi also had an endorsement with Pepsi.
John Mikel Obi’s Family
Married to his Russian girlfriend, Olga Diyachenka, John Mikel Obi is a father of two children – twin daughters.
John Mikel Obi and Olga have been together since 2013 and they welcomed their first set of twin girls in 2015.
Olga took to her Instagram page and revealed how she met with Mikel. According to her, Mikel used to be her parent’s neighbor for a period of five years. She also added that their relationship started when she went to drop off their flat keys in Mikel’s flat and that they began as just friends before developing to lovers.
None of Mikel Obi’s twins neither have an Igbo or Russian name and the reason is not fat fetched because according to Olga, their twins are citizens of the world.
Where is John Mikel Obi’s house located?
Being a wealthy football player John Obi Mikel owns many houses in Nigeria as well as London.
John Mikel Obi has a house in the United Kingdom which is worth over $265,000.
One of John Mikel Obi’s house is estimated to be worth more than £200,000.
How many cars does John Mikel Obi have?
The midfielder has a fascinating collection of cars in his garage.
John Mikel Obi’s cars and their respective prices is as follows:
- Bentley Continental GT (₦82 million)
- Mercedes Benz G Wagon ($222,700)
- Range Rover Sport ($119,900)
- Black Mercedes G 500 ($119,900)
- Mercedes-Benz E-class (₦27.3 million)